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Boris Johnson is considering taking the passports of ‘lifestyle drug’ users in an attempt to crackdown on crime.
The Prime Minister has said he wants to ‘interfere’ with the lives of repeat offenders who may believe that taking drugs is a ‘victimless crime’ - and that this could include taking away their passports and driving licences.
Johnson is set to unveil a ten-year plan which he says will curb illegal drug use by cutting off supply chains and cutting demand.
Speaking to the Sun, he said that drugs ‘drive misery’ and are ‘bad news’.
He told the news outlet: “Most of the crime driven by drugs is generated by 300,000 heroin and crack cocaine users — tragic people who have lost their way in life.
“You can lock them up again and again and we do but they come out again and reoffend so we have got to rehabilitate them.
"But then there is a separate group who can cope but who are also feeding the demand and helping to create the economics of the business.
“I don’t want to stereotype them but I’m talking about lifestyle drugs. These people think it’s a victimless crime.
“It isn’t. The country is littered with victims of what’s happened. We are going to look at new ways of penalising them.
"Things that will actually interfere with their lives so we will look at taking away passports and driving licences.”
Alongside this, he is considering bringing tougher sentences for drug dealers and taking action against County Line gangs who use children to sell drugs.
According to the report, Johnson’s plans will include night-time curfews and ‘football-style’ travel bans for offenders, while he will also aim to tackle drugs in prisons.
As well as harsher sentences, Johnson has said he will offer ‘record’ funding for addiction treatment and recovery services, with the most cash going to the 50 local authorities that had the worst drug issues, including Blackpool, Hull and Liverpool.
When asked if he felt that decriminalising drugs may solve the problem he said he sees ‘no evidence that that’s the right thing to do’.
He added: “It’s been a long time since the government said drugs are bad and dangerous and killing kids up and down the country — and it’s time we did something about it.”
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